[Video] Moving music video released for "Baby Beside Me' 2017/11/15, Source,
Harim's "Comfort" is the track for this music video that tells the story of a man who loves his family, but questions that love when he learns his son isn't biologically his. Trapped by youth, mandatory military service, and potential single fatherhood, he has a lot to deal with, and that can be clearly seen in the compelling music video,...More
Which Top Stars Starred in the School Series? 2017/07/23, Source,
The famous School Series is back! Starting from 1999 to 2002, and then from 2012 to 2013, and restarting the legacy in 2015, the School Series accompanied my generation's school years. Having 7 different seasons, some episodes have similarities considering the limit of the genre but nevertheless, it is still the program that attracts all the young viewers, and still the program that every young actors and actresses wishes to take part in,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Baby Beside Me" 2017/02/11,
Do-il has just been discharged from the army and returns to his mother's house, where Sun-yeong, his bride to be, and their newborn baby is waiting for him. Despite the fact that he has trouble finding a job and his mother's almost constant nagging, Do-il seems to be happy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruby Ruby Love" 2017/01/28,
Ruby (played by Seohyun) is the kind of woman who's perfectly pretty in a normal conventional way yet is paralyzed by shyness into hiding in her room all the time and wearing giant cute glasses. This lifestyle is enabled by Ruby's profession. As a freelance jewelry designer, Ruby relies on her best friend Won-seok (played by Lee Cheol-woo) to convey important information to the outside world. But upon receiving official recognition from the somewhat important Ji-seok (played by Lee Yi-kyung), Ruby must rely on magical powers to break out of her shell,...More
Han Hyo-joo, Han Ye-ri and Ahn Sung-ki, a preview into the Red Carpet Event 2016/10/05, Source,
Movie stars are going to decorate the Red Carpet this year.
The Busan International Film Festival is opening its curtains on the 6th for ten days. The event has gone through conflicts between Busan City and the committee as well as a storm that hit Busan on the 5th, a day before the opening. However, several national and international stars are going to attend to make it a successful opening,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mirror of the Witch" Episode 7 2016/06/04,
The reunion between Jun and Seo-ri is pretty prickly, as usual because "Mirror of the Witch" insists on restarting the plot from scratch for no reason. Fortunately in this case the dynamic is fairly interesting. We see clearly that Seo-ri and especially Yo-gwang (played by Lee Yi-kyung) are just about completely out of patience, and only bothered to save Jun's life in the first place because they are that desperate for useful information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 8 2015/11/25,
For the final episode of "Because It's the First Time", Tae-oh ruins everything. Well, he doesn't really. Part of the point of being twenty is that you can make big mistakes and it doesn't really make that much of a long-term difference, because there's always tomorrow. As the soundtrack constantly sunnily reminds us, every day is a new day. And besides, Tae-oh will always have his friends even if he almost managed to alienate half of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 7 2015/11/18,
In this episode's first segment (eighteen by the drama's internal counting mechanism) Tae-oh makes a concerted effort to push his romantic advantage with Se-hyeon. What makes Tae-oh's efforts so adorable and endearing is that he still lacks confidence. This is mainly because Tae-oh never sees the way that Se-hyeon smiles when he makes overtures. The expression on Se-hyeon's face as she meets Tae-oh's friends for the first time is priceless. It's obvious that for all her being a coy mistress, Se-hyeon really does enjoy spending time with Tae-oh,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 6 2015/11/11,
Tae-oh somehow manages to be both completely logical and completely illogical at the same time. First he spells out to Song-yi all sorts of rational reasons how she relies on him way too much considering this is a platonic friendship and they both have significant others now. Then Tae-oh immediately does the selfless noble thing again, for no good reason. No wonder Song-yi takes advantage of him all the time. Tae-oh practically begs her to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 5 2015/11/04,
Song-yi continues to do what she does best- act as unattractive as possible. I can't help but find it rather amusing that Ji-an's attempts at depth and romantic impression are constantly foiled by, well, by the fact that Song-yi acts like a child. Because she is one. All the characters are because they're only twenty years old. I seem to mention this fact a lot but it's pretty hard to avoid because the mental age of the characters is in fact the main source of almost all the comedy in "Because It's the First Time",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 4 2015/10/28,
Do you ever remember being twenty years old and having really stupid dreams? Like, a dream where you just do something in real life that comes off real poetic and cool and romantic, like a scene in a drama? All right, I'll admit it- I have dreams like that even today, although I'm old enough and cynical enough to know they're probably not ever going to happen. But then that's the beauty of "Because It's the First Time". Its characters are young enough to still be dumb enough to believe in these dreams. And then of course an unexpected curveball makes this dream unattainable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 3 2015/10/21,
I can't decide whether "Because It's the First Time" actually wants its two leads characters to get together or not. With Tae-oh, Song-yi keeps alternating between being a jerk and being emotionally needy, all while insisting there's no mutual attraction. I've seen the whole "combative relationship is proof they should be together" countless times...in fiction. When I see it happen in real life usually they just genuinely dislike each other but don't have any better friends. Tae-oh and Song-yi look more like a real couple than a fictional one in that regard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 2 2015/10/14,
The title cards for each episode of "Because It's the First Time" aren't really descriptive. They're more like punch lines that only make sense after the joke has been told. It's like a stand-up comedy routine where the comedian straight up tells you what the punchline of the joke is going to be, but it takes him so long to get to that point that by the punchline comes up you've forgotten that he told you the joke in advance, so it becomes funny again grabbing it from memory and realizing how the delivery of the joke was misleading,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 1 2015/10/07,
The structure of "Because It's the First Time" is, somewhat confusingly, much closer to that of a web drama that what we usually see even from cable TV dramas. This episode consists of three mostly self-contained segments, with the main running thread being the hideout and angst of Tae-oh (played by Minho), a young person who struggles with the fact that he is young and stupid. There's five friends, the main important one being Song-yi (played by Park So-dam), who acts as a love interest with her own personal angst issues,...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "One on One" 2014/10/10,
The seven Shadows who drive all of the action in "One by One" are a diverse lot, united only by their desire to avenge a brutal, senseless murder that's mostly been covered up because the entire incident is a massive embarassment to the government that instigated it. And even this isn't a particularly unified desire. As we see more and more of their home lives, it soon becomes clear that whatever the Shadows are lashing out against, it's mostly incidental to the moral outrage they feel about a young woman being brutally murdered for no apparent reason,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/17, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "One on One": After a female high school student is brutally murdered, seven members from the terror 'Shadow' group enact their own violent brand of justice. (05/22)
★★★★ "Mizo": After being abandoned by her parents and sexually abused by her fosters, Mizo sets out to track down herbiological father with revengeful intent. (05/22)
★★★★ "A Girl at My Door": A little girl is a victim of family violence and gets support from her step-father and the chief of police, but she's also holding back a secret that may change everything. (05/22),...More
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